While much of the buzz surrounding the emergence of driverless vehicles concerns their potential impacts upon the lives of daily commuters, the new technology also promises to radical enhance infrastructure and planning decisions by harvesting vast amounts of information on urban transit patterns.

According to Robert Le Busque of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, the launch of the autonomous cars will have profound implications for urban planning far beyond the more obvious, headline-grabbing impacts that will affect daily commuting and transportation usage. “A lot of the dialogue right now is focused on the autonomy and safety features of…